Last week, a tractor trailer going westbound on Interstate 10 crossed over the median just north of Casa Grande, driving into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes and hitting another car head-on. The crash, which happened just after 5 a.m., killed the driver of the car. The first collision between the car and truck set off another three-car wreck that sent another driver (along with the driver of the tractor trailer) to the hospital.
All lanes in both directions were closed for several hours, and cars were rerouted on several detours. This accident was the last in a string that led many Arizonans to wonder—could the design of the highway itself be to blame?
When Roadway Design Is At Fault for Your Accident
In most car accidents, other drivers are typically to blame. Whether someone was distracted, speeding, or driving recklessly, it is usually fairly easy to put blame on a driver that is liable for your injuries.
Even in cases of negligent drivers, road and highway design can aggravate already dangerous accidents. From road grade and pavement conditions to barriers and shoulder width, road design plays a major role in how an accident plays out. In crossover accidents on Interstate 10, many are beginning to question if the lack of a median barrier on major portions of I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson could be dramatically increasing the chance of fatal accidents.
If you have been injured in an accident on an Arizona road or highway, road design could have contributed to your injuries. If you have questions about your Phoenix auto accident injuries as they relate to hazardous road design, call Curry, Pearson & Wooten at 602-258-1000 for a free consultation.